“Photographs matter because people matter, relationships matter, and memories matter.” —
I recently came across this quote by Rachel LaCour Niesen. It so beautifully and plainly expresses the way I also feel about photos. Pictures and memories have been the focus of my career and a vital part of my personal mission to help others find joy in the journey.
As I got thinking about photography, I realized how much the techniques and tools have changed just in my lifetime. The way we take pictures and the way we share them now is probably something I never would have imagined or predicted 20 years ago!
Despite all the technological advancements in the camera and photo industry, one thing remains the same—pictures and the stories they tell matter. They matter a lot. Rachel LaCour Niesen also expressed this concept wonderfully when she wrote:
“As a photographer and former journalist, I believe stories are the currency of our past, present and future. Without them, we are bankrupt. When we tell our stories, we ensure that pieces of us remain in the world, even when we are long gone. And I believe family photos are one of the best ways to trigger stories. They are like glue that holds my story — and our stories — together over time.”
When you think about your photos and stories they tell, I hope you also consider how you are keeping them safe and making them available to enjoy and share in future years. Also, how do you use them now to make your life brighter? I promise there’s a lot of joy to be found in preserving photos and memories and in making them a vibrant part of your home decor, gift giving, and creative projects!